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A bit more news in the continuing saga of the Vodafone Australia massive data breach. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Vodafone has fired several of its staff in connection with the data breach and contacted the NSW police.

The Morning Herald article goes on to state that Vodafone refuses to say how many staff were sacked or in which part of the organization they worked for.

The Morning Herald says that Vodafone will continue to change on a daily basis the password to its customer system web portal; previously the company changed it only once a month which was one reason given for the breach.

The situation is looking less and less like that "one-off breach" that Vodafone's CEO Nigel Dew claimed when the breach became public.

In related news, the law firm Piper Alderman now has 15,000 Vodafone customers interested in joining a class action lawsuit against Vodafone for its poor service. It was about 9,000 ten days ago.

And apparently, the Australian Privacy Commissioner who is investigating Vodafone over the data breach, can't fine the company for breaking Australian privacy laws. The Morning Herald says that, "under current laws the commissioner cannot fine companies if the agency instigates its own investigation."

Look for that law to be changed in the wake of this breach.

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How the FCC Settles Radio-Spectrum Turf Wars

Remember the 5G-airport controversy? Here’s how such disputes play out

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This photo shows a man in the basket of a cherry picker working on an antenna as an airliner passes overhead.

The airline and cellular-phone industries have been at loggerheads over the possibility that 5G transmissions from antennas such as this one, located at Los Angeles International Airport, could interfere with the radar altimeters used in aircraft.

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You’ve no doubt seen the scary headlines: Will 5G Cause Planes to Crash? They appeared late last year, after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration warned that new 5G services from AT&T and Verizon might interfere with the radar altimeters that airplane pilots rely on to land safely. Not true, said AT&T and Verizon, with the backing of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, which had authorized 5G. The altimeters are safe, they maintained. Air travelers didn’t know what to believe.

Another recent FCC decision had also created a controversy about public safety: okaying Wi-Fi devices in a 6-gigahertz frequency band long used by point-to-point microwave systems to carry safety-critical data. The microwave operators predicted that the Wi-Fi devices would disrupt their systems; the Wi-Fi interests insisted they would not. (As an attorney, I represented a microwave-industry group in the ensuing legal dispute.)

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